What are the Benefits of Installing a Solar Powered Awning

While awnings have been around since the dawn of the 19th century, like innovation they have come a long way from their simple originations in the 1800s. When mentioning the word “awning” you may think of a warm summer day sitting on your deck or patio, enjoying the comfort provided by your awning. But with the growth that solar power and awnings have seen over the years, opting for a solar-powered awning can not only help you save time but also energy!

What is a Solar Powered Awning?

First things first, what exactly is a solar-powered awning, and what are the benefits that it can provide you, your home, or your business facade? Solar-powered awnings are a combination of sustainability and comfort, with an added level of customization & control that can greatly benefit the look of your home, vacation home, or business. The beautiful thing about solar-powered awnings is that they can be applied in the same way that any traditional awning would be installed, however, the benefits don’t end there!

Comfort

Awnings provide a natural comfort as their primary duty is to protect and shade from the sun & inclement weather. Solar Powered Awnings provide that same luxury with little to no hassle, that means no more cranking that cumbersome patio awning! Besides the initial setup, Sol-Lux powered awnings come with a free programmable app that allows you to program your awning to based on weather patterns, temperature & climate control.

Control Without The Additional Cost

Operate your awnings via the Sol-Lux app, our built-in solar panels provide enough power for the awning to operate independently from an electrical charge, which ultimately gives you control without seeing an exorbitant rise in your electrical bill. This removes the need to draw electricity directly from your home, thus giving you the ultimate level of control without an additional cost!

Smart Technology

Control Your Awnings With The Press of a button, it really is that easy! If you are all about sustainability ad Eco-friendly additions to your home. Solar Powered Awnings are the route to take. These awnings are completely autonomous by default so you will never have to search for a remote or remember to extend or retract your awnings during extreme weather patterns. Rest easy knowing your awnings will help to keep the temperature in your home right where you want it all while reducing your carbon footprint and saving you money! Learn more about how this technology can help improve the level of comfort in your home!

Take Control Of The Elements With Sol-Lux Powered Awnings!

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Pictures and Reviews

 “Pictures & Reviews” : Dealer Vlog

Welcome to another addition of the Sol-Lux Five! Hope you all had an amazing holiday season and are getting ready to close up what has been a crazy 2020. In this addition we’re going to focus on a marketing tip and I was reminded of it actually through the holidays. My family takes a lot of pictures always around the holidays and it reminded me of a good topic for this episode, focus on taking and using more pictures in your business.

Some of our most successful Sol-Lux dealers across the country do a really great job of constantly getting current and updated pictures of their projects.  One way that they are successful at doing this is to incentivize their employees to take pictures.  Whether it is your installers or other employees that are on site, if you incentivize them, with something like a monthly or quarterly best picture contest, where you can give them a gift card or something that makes it fun and encourages them to be engaged.  You are going to find that you are going to get a whole lot more pictures.  It might take some time at first.  Everybody is going to push back and say “oh I’m not good at taking pictures.” But if you encourage them and you make it more like a game and more fun and engaging, you’re going to get a whole lot more pictures.  

Everybody has a cell phone these days, so no excuses of “well I don’t have a camera with me”, nothing like that.  They can just use their phone, they are all high quality pictures and you can get some good pictures that way.  They are going to be used to help you win more business but also something you may not have thought of, they can help you get more employees.  I don’t know how many of you have growth initiatives in 2021 and plan to hire more employees, but new pictures can really help in your recruiting efforts.  If you have nice clean and updated website showing that you take pride in your work, that’s helpful in your hiring efforts.  

We talked about the gamification and the monthly contest.  Once you’ve collected the pictures, make sure you put them to use!  Don’t just sit on them, use them!  Put them on your website either in a photo gallery, you could feature the contest winners on your homepage of your website every quarter or every month.  Also post them to social media.  Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest has been an amazing platform for Sol-Lux over the years.  And I want to encourage you to use local platforms like Nextdoor for example.  A lot of local communities and neighborhoods engage with each other on Nextdoor to get recommendations for small businesses and seeing pictures on there will really help.  

Hopefully you are also collecting emails from every customer that you do a job for.  You should be encouraging reviews.  Follow up with those customers and ask for reviews on Google.  That way people are finding you on Google and they’re seeing updated pictures.  Make sure you’re replying to all those reviews that you’re collecting promptly.  Whether they are good reviews or indifferent reviews, follow up right away, engage and react to the reviews that you receive.  

That’s my tip this time around guys, hope you have wonderful New Years and we’ll see you next time.

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The Add-On Sale

“The Add On Sale” : Dealer Vlog

On this edition of the Sol-Lux Five, we are going to focus on some Sales training and tips that some of you may have heard us touch on a little bit in the past but we want to dive into a little bit more detail about here. The first, is treating the Sol-Lux Eos as an add-on sale. So as you know our window awning is a bit of a niche product, it’s never going to be that window awning that’s on every window in every home in the US. Most of our dealers have what I call a bread and butter product.

What is it that is paying your bills? What are the majority of your sales made up of today? Is it patio awnings? Is it pergolas? Is it louvered roof systems? Is it home improvement? Is it siding? Is it gutters? Is it replacement windows? What is it you guys do that is the bread and butter that pays your bills? Well whatever that is, you should be bringing the Eos, the window awning from Sol-Lux, with you on those sales appointments and treating it as an add-on sale. If you do it right, you’ll do everything for your bread and butter product and right before everything is all said and done and right when you’re just about to close the deal, that’s when you can bring up the Eos as something to add on to the deal and add margin to your existing sale. 

That’s when you can bring up the second-story windows, or the southern facing exposure windows that aren’t being addressed by whatever it is that you are providing to the customer. That’s when you can bring them out to the drive way and demonstrate this product. It’s a demonstrable product for sure. Hopefully all of you are brining your demonstration units into the field with you. If you have a truck with a ladder rack, put the mounting bracket on the ladder rack of your truck, carry the cassette in the cab of the vehicle and then when you go to demonstrate it for a customer, you can say, “Hey let me show you a new product we just started carrying, I think you might think it’s a pretty great fit for ya”. Snap it onto the mounting bracket, pull out your phone and demonstrate the awning right there in the driveway. If you don’t have a ladder rack, that’s when you can use the tri-pod that we offer and the carrying case if you want a professional presentation, that’s a great approach also. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your brochures with you. Hopefully you guys have all started to modify the brochures since we give you access to the raw files. That’s where you can adjust the logo, the phone number, the website, the contact information. All that good stuff on that brochure can be edited to represent your business and get the maximum use out of that brochure. Demonstrate the product, leave them with a brochure, and it’s a no-pressure, low-pressure, sale. Then you can follow up in your next correspondence with them, whether it’s a phone call or an email, you can get their thoughts about that product that you showed them at your appointment. 

Also, guys a quick tip: don’t forget to disconnect the battery from your demo in between uses. Hate to have you go to demonstrate the product only to find out that you left the battery plugged in and without it getting any sunlight, it dies on you. So be careful about that. You can also use this product as an incentive. A lot of our dealers are in competitive landscapes. If you find that you’re coming up against a lot of competition in your deals. Or your customers share with you that they’re weighing your offering against several others, you can use this as an incentive to help you win your deal. And remember, when it’s an add-on product you don’t have to make the 50 or 60 points that you’re used to making on your bread and butter product. If your team is already going to be there doing an install, you’ve already got all your equipment and your labor on site, you don’t have to make that level of margin. You can sell it at 30 or even 20 points for that matter because it’s basically pure margin at that point. 

We all know how easy these are to install guys. It’s not like you have dedicate a whole lot of extra resources on the job just for the Sol-Lux product. Another quick sales tip that I thought was pretty cool, I saw some of our dealers recently using thermal cameras or even like a meat thermometer, one of those temperature guns that you can shoot at the meat when its on your barbeque to see what temperature it is. You can use that approach by shooting that temperature gun at the pane of glass and showing the customer the before and after of when its being blasted by sunlight what the temperature is and when you shade it from being hit by the sun rays how that dramatically reduces the temperature on that window and therefore in that room. Just some great quick sales tips for you guys, some good reminders to make sure that you’re giving yourself the best opportunity to sell these and make some extra dollars. 

Hope you’re getting a lot of benefit out of these videos and we’ll see you next time!

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